South Australia once again is punching above its weight as the Nailsworth outlet of national retailer TJM has out-performed more than 60 TJM stores throughout Australia to take out the highly coveted TJM’s Australian Distributor of the Year award.
Owner Italo Formato was presented with the award at the 4WD product company’s 40th Anniversary Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in Queensland in November.
It is a rare bright spot for retail in Adelaide this year, and for Mr Formato a stunning achievement to turn around his retail business in just over a year of operations to be number one TJM distributor in Australia.
Mr Formato was awarded TJM’s top spot in recognition of his consistent performance across the areas of sales growth, investment into the brand, marketing, developing resellers and creating value in the TJM brand.
“When I took over the business just over a year ago, of course I wanted to turn things around and to grow and succeed,” said Mr Formato. “Just being part of one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of 4WD parts drives you to be the best you can be. But to win this award is just fantastic.”
Mr Formato said that the award was testament to the hard work of all the staff at both TJM branches. “They are all 4WD nuts, so they have this incredible passion for the brand and they have first hand experience of the products we sell,” he said.
“So our customers come away happy, with the right product and most importantly the confidence in the TJM brand. And they keep coming back. Each and every one of them has helped us earn this award. So thank you all.”
In an extremely tough retail environment, one Adelaide retailer has, in just over a year, beaten more than 60 counterparts Australia-wide to become king of the road.